A death record is a certificate that states the date and place an individual died. These records are available from 1837 onwards as published by the GRO. You can also order a copy of a death certificate if you need to, which can show you full information about the birth.
A burial record is a any type of record or certificate that states the date and place an individual was buried. These records are available from 1538 onwards, and are recorded in Parish Registers.
Using Burial & Death Records in your Genealogical Research
Information on burial/death records can be useful as you can use the names as a starting point to begin tracing the ancestors on the record back another generation. You may want to know:
If an ancestor was alive in a certain period
How they died (perhaps there is a family history of illness?)
Where they were buried
Their date and place of birth (have they lived in one place all their life?)
We have provided a case study on this website so you can see just how easy it is to find a death record, and some links to related information that may be helpful to you.
Possible Pitfalls in Using the Census
Many people don't realise that the census page images we see are actually transcripts of the household census forms, the details were copied into the books by the enumerators.